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Flying Vehicle Company Plans for Korea Operations; Backed by Embraer

A jointly written white paper details the operational and commercial business case of establishing UAM services

Chuck Martin

November 29, 2023

3 Min Read
An image of the Jeeju Air vehicle from Eve Air Mobility near Mount Hallasan.
Eve Air Mobility

An electric aerial vehicle (EAV) maker and a Korean airline have released a concept for operations for urban air mobility (UAM) in South Korea.

Eve Air Mobility and Jeju Air have created the concept for eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles on Jeju Island.

Eve Air is backed by Embraer and Jeju Air is the largest low-cost airline in Korea.

“This is an important first step to establishing future urban air mobility and eVTOL operations in South Korea,” said David Rottblatt, vice president of sales and marketing and government affairs of Eve Air Mobility. “The collaboration between Eve Air Mobility and Jeju Air has led to detailed analysis of the needs, opportunities and challenges of safely establishing future eVTOL flights on Jeju Island.”

The jointly written white paper details the operational and commercial business case of establishing UAM services in Jeju Island. 

The concept document includes the findings from a Jejuair voice of customer survey conducted earlier in the year.

South Korea already had been laying the groundwork for urban air mobility. 

Eve has been working with cities, countries and regulatory authorities to establish concepts of operations in the U.S., Brazil and the U.K. 

Eve Air and Hunch Mobility, a joint venture between Hunch Ventures and Blade Air Mobility, already are working together to make Bangalore the launch city for urban air mobility in the Bangalore, India, region.

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The emergence of electric aviation with eVTOL vehicles is expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint, noise and cost of flying, making it more accessible to the masses.

Eve’s EAV vehicle is all electric with a range of 60 miles with plans to eventually make the vehicle self-flying.

Eve Air Mobility also recently signed a deal with DHL Supply Chain to study the supply chain characteristics for Eve’s eVTOL vehicle operations.

Eve’s backlog orders of its EAV totals 2,850 aircraft, according to the company.

The company also has created urban air traffic management software with its first eVTOL deliveries and entry into service expected in early 2026.

Eve has agreements for its four-passenger EAV to fly in numerous countries in addition to Brazil.

Other companies also are targeting India for EAV services.

Archer Aviation and InterGlobe Enterprises recently signed a deal to launch an air taxi service in India in 2026, including the purchase of up to 200 of the Archer Midnight aircraft, according to the companies.


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Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, a New York Times Business Bestselling author, futurist and columnist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book is titled "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis). He also is the author of "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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